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Wigan Jazz Club’s January concert

MEMBERS of Wigan Jazz Club are holding their first concert of the year at Whelley Ex-Serviceman’s Club on Vauxhall Road on Sunday January 26 from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

Highlights will include classic jazz including hits from New Orleans, Tin Pan Alley classics, the swing era and mainstream jazz recalling the small groups of the 1930s.

The group includes the trumpet and tenor duo of Jamie Brownfield and Liam Byrne with a group including Tom Kincaid, Andy Hulme, Jim Swinnerton and Jack Cotterill.

Tickets cost £10, £9.50 for concessions and £9 for Wigan Jazz Club members.

For more information contact Ian on 01925 727408 or Peter on 01204 841431.

Alternatively email


Jack and the Beanstalk show

MEMBERS of St Michael’s Amateur Dramatic Society are hosting the new pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, from Friday January 10 until Sunday January 19.

Evening performances start at 7.30pm and matinees start at 2pm.

Tickets cost £5, £4 for concessions and special group bookings are available.

For more information contact June Dowd on 01942 236260.

Town centre

Little Miss Muffet theatre production

WIGAN Little Theatre is hosting the pantomime Little Miss Muffet from January 10.

Matinee performances are available on select days.

Contact 01942 242561.



New brick base

ASPULL will have a new drop-off point for those in the village who want to help The Brick homeless project.

The Brick also operates as a Food Bank for the Council and can’t function without the kindness of the people of Wigan who give to it.

Now the villagers of Aspull will get the opportunity to help on their own doorstep.

The Methodist Church, located at the Fingerpost end of Wigan Road, will be open every Monday morning from 9.45am to 11am to receive whatever can be given.

The Brick requires non-perishable foodstuff and toiletries. It is Wigan’s own charity to help the homeless and has received a series of plaudits for its work. The needs of the Food Bank continue to grow.


Electrical works

ELECTRICITY North West will carry out works to install a new service outside of property numbers 71 and 73 Miles Lane.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation from Monday February 17 for approximately five days.


Temporary lights

UNITED Utilities will carry out works to install a new service near to the junction with Robin Hill Lane.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation from today for approximately seven days.


New Year carvery

A FOUR-course carvery to welcome in 2014 will be held at Haigh Hall on January 26.

Accompanied by the guitar of Stephen Marsden, carvery sittings are available from noon to 4pm. Advance reservations essential. The cost is £13.95 for adults and £6.95 children (aged 12 and under). For further information telephone 01942 832895.


Crime Prevention

STANDISH Community Police will be giving advice on crime prevention and security marking of individual’s property. As part as a “crime prevention day” the officers will be in the library on Saturday between 10am and noon.



Road closures scheduled

ELECTRICITY North West is set to carry out major maintenance works meaning temporary traffic signals will be in operation for several weeks.

The works will take place phased over three months starting from next week along Downall Green Road, Brocstedes Avenue, Booths Brow Road and Brocstedes Road.

The first stage will mean signals in place at the junction with Dryden Avenue starting from Monday January 13 for about three weeks.

For further information on forthcoming road closures contact Wigan Council’s Network Management Team on 01942 489302.

Worsley Mesnes

Burn off those Christmas calories

THOSE who have made new year resolutions to get in shape in 2014 can get a head-start with Slimming World classes held at the Clifton Street Community Centre.

The classes meet between 5pm and 7pm each Tuesday and Thursday at the centre off Poolstock Lane.

Group leaders will give advice on how to lose weight and get in shape in a healthy way.

For more information about the host of activities and classes held at Clifton Street, contact the centre on 01942 244641.

Ashton and Bryn

Warning issued over shed breaks

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD policing team for the Ashton and Bryn area is urging residents to make outhouses and sheds secure after a spate of theft incidents.

Officers are asking for information for one incident where items were stolen from a shed at a property on Windsor Road overnight on January 2 and 3.

Anyone with information about any incidents or to report suspicious activity in the area is asked to call Wigan Police on the non-emergency 101 contact number.



Road closure for work on manhole

DRIVERS in Leigh will face a diversion this weekend while United Utilities engineers carry out work to replace a manhole cover and frame.

The work will take place on Smallbrook Lane and motorists will be re-routed via Corner Lane, Atherton Road, Leigh Road, Wigan Road, Twist Lane, Atherleigh Way and Wigan Road. The closure will be on Sunday January 12.


Women’s Institute to help the vulnerable

KIND-HEARTED members of Atherton Women’s Institute (WI) are running an ongoing campaign to help some of society’s most vulnerable people.

The WI members are collecting toiletries for Holly House, a women’s refuge centre in Leigh and also ran a scheme over Christmas to send to the facility. The group has now decided to make this a permanent project.

The WI meets once a month at St Richard’s Parish Hall, on Mayfield Street.


History talk looking at justice in the past

LEIGH Library will stage a local history event focusing on crime and punishment.

The free talk, forming part of a month-long event, will be held in the archives and local studies collections, and will be followed by a reminiscence session.

The talk is on Wednesday January 15 from 2.30pm until 3.30pm. For more information, contact Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) on 01942 404559.


Pub holds fund-raiser for paralysed teen

THE Spinners Arms will hold a fund-raising day in aid of teenager Cory Peyton, who fractured two vertebrae in his back in an accident on holiday in Portugal.

The day includes music performances, wristband sales and a head shave.

The fund-raiser is on Saturday January 18. For more information search for Carry on Cory on Facebook.



Temporary traffic lights

ELECTRICITY North West will carry out works to install a new service at Frog Lane, near to the junction with Prescott Street.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation from Sunday January 12 for approximately three days.


Play time for special needs

BIZEE Kids, in Worsley Street, is holding a private additional needs evening on Monday January 13, from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

Children with special needs can attend the soft play session, with extra supervision.

For more information call 01942 375808.


Disconnecting a service

UNITED Utilities will carry out works to disconnect a service outside of St John Rigby College, in Gathurst Road, on Sunday January 19.

Temporary traffic signals will be in operation during these works.


Christingle and toddler church

A CHRISTINGLE service will be held at St Aidan’s Church, on Sunday, January 12 at 10.30am.

All ages are welcome to come along to this Family Communion Service.

There will be a retiring collection for those who wish to contribute to the work of the Children’s Society.

Toddler Church is at 9am on Tuesday, January 14.


Collecting for the Brick

MEMBERS of St James’s Church, St James’s Road, raised £840.48 at their Christmas party last month.

The money will be split equally and sent to The Brick Project and Don Orione, Roby Mill. There will be a second collection/appeal on January 19 for the Brick Project, which continues to help vulnerable people who are struggling to make ends meet in today’s economic climate in the Wigan area.


Females meeting together

THE Women’s Fellowship Group meets at the west end of St Mark’s Church, in Victoria Street, tonight at 7.30pm. New members are welcome to attend.


Partnership with Catholic schools

THE Wigan and West Lancashire Catholic School Direct programme is a partnership between six Catholic schools, including St Peter’s High School and St John Rigby Sixth Form College, both in Orrell, working together with a shared vision and commitment to providing first class ITT (Initial Teacher Training). This not only equips trainees with the skills and knowledge required to teach their subject, but also appreciates the distinct nature that working as part of a Catholic community can bring. Visit, telephone 01942 766906 or e-mail